Dead Age – Xbox One Review
Our Xbox One Review of Dead Age
Zombies eh……. Pretty cool generally and very much a good subject for videogames as we’ve had some cracking examples over the years and these undead stars have enjoyed many outings in games such as Left 4 Dead, Dead Rising, Dead Island, State of Decay and even Plants V Zombies.
In a different twist than all of those great games this game developed by Silent Dreams and distributed by Headup Games, the zombies have descended on a Final Fantasy style turn based combat game.
You start the game in a brief tutorial teaching you the menus and combat mechanisms of the game as you start out looking for your sister.
Your strategic turns are counted in days and your day is basically split into a mixture of you utilising your resources for your survivors in your slowly growing group to achieve tasks and you going on missions with up to two other survivors from your group.
The story and text sections of the game throughout these parts of the game are fairly dull and uninteresting and did nothing to pull me into wanting to know more about the game world and I found the missions very repetitive, the theme of the game is the same throughout as each day moves forward and this where the real issues lie in wait.
The game is very heavily scripted and you have to follow the script, any player choices made are fairly random and have little impact on the route of the game and if you fail the forced missions it essentially ends up with instant death.
The combat in the game at best is very basic, your team are on the left of screen and the zombies on the right, you take turns to slug it out but there is not clear indication of what damage you will do with each weapon nor what the chance of your damage is going to be.
The combat rapidly becomes boring and then when the next story section of the game appears with the text scrolling onto the screen letter by letter frustration levels start to rise.
The overall concept of the game is interesting but the execution of the game is very basic, there just isn’t enough here to make it an enjoyable experience and the frustrating elements far outweigh the good points of the game.
Graphically there is nothing that stands out in this game and the sound is fairly run of the mill, there is just nothing to make this game stand out in the crowded zombie marketplace other than the turn based combat and that just isn’t done very well.
The game offers 77 achievements for 1000 gamerscore so it could take you quite a while to work through all of those 10 and 20 point achievements, if you can stay interested long enough that is.
I like zombie themed games but ultimately this is one of the weakest that I’ve had chance to play and it really didn’t do anything to make me want to go back and play more of it even at the relatively low price of £11.99
There is a definitely a real zombie theme to the game……. It basically stinks like an undead corpse.
With thanks to Headup Games for the review code.
Developer: Silent Dreams
Publisher: Headup Games